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R&D Manager, GEM

R&D and Projects Manager


Want to unleash the full potential of a global business? As R&D Manager, GEM with Reckitt, you’ll have the freedom to design and deliver people plans with impact.



R&D Manager, GEM

Slough, Berkshire 

Competitive Salary & excellent benefits package 


This role offers and exciting opportunity to provide R&D and Project Management leadership in Reckitt’s new established Global Expansion Markets (GEM) organisation.


GEM is a new Business Unit created within Reckitt with the objective to fast track Reckitt’s fight to provide access to highest quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment, by driving the access of our global portfolio of brands and products to new geographies working with external partners and leveraging new entry models. GEM collaborates with local Reckitt business but works independently with external partners to launch a wide portfolio of brands & products not in business plans for local Reckitt businesses.


In this role, the individual will provide R&D & Project Management leadership and act as key business / distributor partner to deliver the global expansion program, enable the launch of key RB brands in whitespaces, spanning across the 3 GBUs at RB, as well as to build strong, robust R&D and project management systems, processes and culture to enable GEM organization to grow in a long-term, sustainable way

The R&D & Projects Manager plays an essential role in delivering the global expansion program of key Reckitt brands in whitespaces via distributor partnership:

  • Provide R&D & Product leadership within the GEM organisation and act as the key interface with external distributors, where you will apply your technical and commercial product knowledge
  • By working in close partnership with the wider GEM team, conduct project assessment for proposed go-to-market opportunities, drive brand & SKU roll out via Good to Go (G2G) process coordinating across R&D organisation
  • Manage & Coordinate GEM specific projects for roll out
  • For initiatives that require R&D support outside of scope of the G2G process, define R&D support needed, resources required and connect with relevant R&D team to facilitate support
  • Establish ways of working within the wider R&D function, identify best approaches to leverage global / in-market capabilities and resources in the most effective and efficient manner, as well as ensuring proper internal documentation of GEM expansion and product launches
  • Develop product training materials for GEM commercial team and external distributors
  • Participate in regular management reviews and lead R&D management reviews

You’ll succeed because… 

…you like to partner and win in collaboration. You thrive in the whitespace and growing in long term sustainable manners. You’re analytical and creative, with a track record of delivering growth in consumer goods. You understand customer trends. You have a sharp commercial and strategic mind, and you know how to get the best out of a team. You’re also an experienced leader, comfortable leading negotiations and both setting and communicating strategies. Like us, you’re entrepreneurial, able to spot and take advantage of opportunities.


 You’ll love it because… 

…you’ll have the freedom to make a difference. You’ll put your own ideas into practice. The products you help us get out there will allow people to live healthier lives and have happier homes. And our dynamic, ownership-driven culture will bring the very best out of you, every day


In Return RB offer very competitive salaries with excellent benefits and the chance to progress your career within a truly global organisation.
RB is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are made based on merit, competence and business need.

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